Celebrating in Pink Monkey Style

by Cate on February 17, 2009

Miss Monkey PantsSo I’ve been trying to come back here and write again for the past few days, but the best laid plans and all that … we had Madeline‘s birthday party on Saturday and ever since then, I’ve been down for the count with the flu.  I think it must have been hovering – luckily it waited until Saturday night, but I haven’t left the house since.  Today is the first day I finally feel human a bit.  I’m just glad whatever it was that hit me didn’t come until after the party was over.

I took a crazy amount of pictures … um, 127 or thereabouts.  It was her first birthday after all!  I’ll spare you sitting through them all and will just give you a few highlights.  Recipes will follow in coming days.

I kept debating back and forth about what I should do about a menu.  Really, what else is new?  My difficulty lies in the fact that there are so many recipes I want to try, entertaining and celebrations are just great opportunities to try a bunch of new ones out at the same time.  In an effort to not kill myself, which was only mildly successful (see flu reference above), I decided to order a sandwich platter and then concentrate on desserts. 

Chocolate Covered PretzelsI knew from the beginning I wanted to have a table filled with treats.  I bought a few glass jars and some small paper white sacks.  The kids spent the morning decorating the sacks with stickers for me, and we set them out with the candy-filled jars.  This way, guests could fill a bag with treats as they left.  Along with the assorted pink-hued candies, I made white chocolate covered pretzels, peppermint bark and cinnamon-sugar cookies decorated with pink frosting M’s on the top.

For the main dessert, I’m sure it’s no surprise that I went with cupcakes.  I was closerthanthis to ordering some from one of the cupcake bakeries in the city, but decided to try out a new recipe for both the cupcakes and the frosting.  I think I may have finally found the clone to the cupcakes from Billy’s Bakery that we I love so much.   ‘Bout time!  I had planned on just using the cupcakes when we sang happy birthday, but the recipe made 24 and had enough batter leftover for a small cake, so I put it in a heart-shaped dish I had and her monkey cake was born.

Tomorrow, recipes!  Until then, a few pictures.

Still More Treats

More Treats

Monkey Cake

Goodies to Go

Peppermint Bark

Cookies

Monkey Madness

Cupcakes

Strike a Pose

I think this might be one of my favorite pictures. Madeline and I were playing in her room after the party, and she was all smiles and giggles:
Pure Joy

Fast asleep, tutu and all, after her big first birthday party:
All Done

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Claire February 18, 2009 at 12:06 am

OH MY GOODNESS!!! Precious! I love the last picture with that little tutu…and the one of her grinning above, so sweet…and nice healthy teeth (;-)!) ! What a good idea about the goodie bags…that’s perfect! Glad you’re feeling better…I hope that you are all well soon.

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Kris February 18, 2009 at 1:12 pm

Love the pictures! The one of her laughing is just precious!

Yummy goodies too!

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pamela February 18, 2009 at 10:37 pm

Wow! I can’t believe she’s a year already! She’s so beautiful!

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Ka'Ress March 27, 2009 at 1:40 pm

where did you get her tu tu from i love it!

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luz pagan February 1, 2010 at 2:10 pm

OMG!!! thank you sooo much for the tutu idea i’m having a 1st birthday on 3/7 and had no idea what to put on my daughter until i saw you pictures thanks again
Where did you get the tutu?

lu

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